McConnell: ‘Obama Has Placed A Huge Target Squarely On My Back’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is fundraising off the ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations, asking supporters to donate to his reelection campaign in the interest of fighting President Obama’s “dangerous debt scheme.”

The Courier-Journal reports that McConnell sent an email to potential campaign contributors on Friday.

“President Obama and his allies have not only pressed harder on the gas pedal as we careen toward the cliff, now they’re threatening to set the car on fire too,” McConnell’s email reads. “The White House is busily lining up Wall Street special interest groups to pressure my colleagues in the Senate. I need your help. Can I count on your support to fight against President Obama’s plan for unlimited debt?”

McConnell continued: “As I lead the fight against his dangerous debt scheme, Barack Obama has placed a huge target squarely on my back. As I fight for you, I need your generous support to fight off his attacks.”

A poll released Tuesday by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling showed that McConnell, who won reelection in 2008 by a relatively small margin, is deeply unpopular in his home state. The poll found that just 37 percent of Kentucky voters approve of the minority leader, while 55 percent disapprove.

McConnell’s unpopularity has sparked interest in a potential challenge in 2014 by actress Ashley Judd, a Democrat. PPP found Judd trailing McConnell by just four points.

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